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August Whitaker

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August Whitaker (1882-1923)


1923 Obituary [1]

AUGUST WHITAKER was born in Bradford on 8th August 1882, and was educated at Bradford Technical College.

Subsequently he entered his father's business and received a thorough training in various branches of mechanical engineering. On his father's death he carried on the business, with his elder brother, and took charge of the commercial side when only twenty-two years of age. The business which dealt principally with dyeing machinery and lathes had a successful run until the War, when most of the workmen were taken away in 1916 to munition factories, and there was no alternative but to dispose of the plant and machinery.

Mr. Whitaker then secured an appointment with the National Shell Factory at Sheffield, but after a time the night work so undermined his strength that he subsequently secured a position with Messrs. J. Stone and Co., Ltd., Deptford, as chief estimator, and later was similarly employed by the Admiralty at Alexandria, Scotland, until the end of the War.

He then started business under the style of Shields and Whitaker, Ltd., at Deptford, as makers of road-making machinery and appliances.

His death took place in London on 5th April 1923, in Isis forty-first year.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1912.



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  1. 1923 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries